When it comes to dermatitis, they’re many different types, you can have a skin rash that can be crusty, oozing, scaly, itchy, red, swollen, or a combination of the previously mentioned symptoms. For instance, there’s atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema), allergic contact, perioral, hand, seborrheic, nummular, and photocontact dermatitis.
Going to a doctor will definitely guide you in the right direction of figuring out what type of dermatitis you may have; unfortunately, he or she may not be able to do much to help you cure it.
There’s no doubt that a dermatologist can ascertain what type of dermatitis you may have accurately, but they’re methods for treating it are highly ineffective in my opinion. Many of the conventional treatments that dermatologist’s use to treat dermatitis falls into two categories. The first is topical, which involves treatment with a salve, cream, or some other form of application that may or may not provide symptomatic relief. The second is oral, which involves the treatment with a prescription drug that destroys bacteria or virus that may be the cause of the problem.
Actually, many of the organisms that are now causing your dermatitis were at one time living on your skin and you didn’t even know they were there. However, for reasons unknown to you, your skin became less healthy, which allowed the culprits to multiply causing a rash to develop. One of the major reasons for the breakdown of healthy skin is a deficiency of the trace mineral called selenium.
Stop organism overgrowth with selenium
Selenium works with other substances in your body to produce a compound by the name of glutathione peroxidase, which alerts your immune system about the uninvited guests on the skin that are not yet overgrowing and becoming a problem.
If the intruders are recognized to pose a threat, the germ killing warriors of the immune system will then be alerted and an all-out war will ensue. It is safe to say that glutathione is like the advanced warning system of the skin.
Therefore, if you’re deficient in selenium, your skin is not equipped with this very important warning system. Without the proper amount of selenium in your diet or in supplement form, it will be nearly impossible for your skin to have the proper tools it needs to be able fight off the many different types of dermatitis.
To make things worse, getting enough selenium from your diet or supplements is almost impossible for the average person. Over farming the land strips the soil of the mineral and food processing strips even more. Trying to get the recommended amount of selenium via supplements is also very difficult. Many of the selenium supplements on the market contain a poor form of the mineral that’s not easily absorbed by your body, which makes it unable to be of any benefit to you.
The best way to get the right type of selenium is to get the liquid form of the mineral that will be easy for your body to absorb and utilize. Many alternative health practitioners would agree that the product Aqua Sel, manufactured by T. E. Neesby is the best source of selenium. This supplement is great because it provides a great bioavailable form of the mineral that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
Help your injured skin heal with antioxidants
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damages healthy cells. Antioxidants help to repair that damage by disabling the free radicals. These unstable molecules are a result of the by-products of the body’s never ending fight against the inflammation of dermatitis. Other enablers of free radicals include the consumption of fatty foods, sunlight, smoking, and other factors. Antioxidants not only help the skin heal, it may also prevent future occurrences.
Reduce inflammation with fatty acids
Fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in the body as well as ease dermatitis. Try to find a supplement that has oils from flaxseed and borage seed and omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 oils from fish, which would supply you with a combination of the recommended amount of anti-inflammatory fatty acids. One of the products on the market that accomplishes all of this is Perfect Oils, brought to you by a company named Nutritional Therapeutics. If you’re unable to find that particular brand, just look for a product that provides the aforementioned beneficial oils. Follow the label for proper dosage.